Reinhold G. Peplau, 100, of Kensington, went home to be with his Lord on Monday (December 29, 2008). He was the widower and devoted caregiver of Margaret (Pankonin) Peplau, his wife of nearly 70 years, who died in 2005.
Reinhold was the son of the late Christian and Emma (Pomeranke) Peplau. He was raised in New Britain on one of its last remaining family farms and attended St. Matthew's Christian Day School.
Reinhold was a longtime resident of New Britain and resided in Kensington for the past 30 years. He worked at New Britain Machine and other companies as a machinist, but had to retire early because of poor health. He enjoyed working with his hands and was a skillful woodworker, producing several fine pieces of furniture for his home.
Every year he would look forward with great anticipation to the third Saturday in April, the opening day of fishing season. An avid fly fisherman, he loved tying his own flies and trying them out in the Salmon and Farmington Rivers.
Reinhold was a life-long member of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church and read the Bible daily, even as a young man. When asked, usually in doctors' offices, to what did he attribute his longevity, he would reply, "Jesus", lest they think it was due to their efforts.
Surviving are his son, Curtis Peplau, of Kensington and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in New Britain.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain.
Published in the Hartford Courant on 12/31/2008.
Margaret Marie Pankonin Peplau
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